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Posted at 6:43 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Md. Senate GOP revamps caucus leadership

By John Wagner

Nancy Jacobs.jpgSenate Republicans in Maryland overhauled their leadership team on Friday, installing a pair of more conservative senators to lead the caucus at the close of the session's second week.

Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford) was selected by her colleagues as the new minority leader, replacing Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard).

Kittleman unexpectedly announced his resignation from his leadership post this week, saying it was clear his 11 GOP colleagues preferred a more socially conservative senator. Kittleman is sponsoring a bill this year that would allow civil unions.

Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-Queen Anne's), meanwhile, was selected as minority whip, replacing Sen. David R. Brinkley (R-Frederick). Brinkley had been considered a leading candidate to take over for Kittleman, in part because he previously held the position.

"I am honored and humbled by the support of my colleagues in electing me minority leader," Jacobs said in a statement. "While there are many difficult issues we need to address during the legislative session, I look forward to working with my fellow senators to ensure Maryland's success."

By John Wagner  | January 21, 2011; 6:43 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner, Republican Party  
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